Circe

Circe

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER—NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, The Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor and Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider
"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.


Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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lozza1401
Jan 13, 2021

I read this after finishing reading the three of Stephen Fry's books on Greek mythology, heroes and the Trojan War. I loved this book for a more personal view on Greek mythology from a female perspective. Highly recommended!

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jenwan914
Jan 10, 2021

A poignant tale of love, eternal punishment, self discovery, and the human condition, Madeline Miller's Circe was a book I couldn't put down. Circe, the daughter of a naiad and the sun god Helios, is an outcast in her family of shining gods. Despite being a powerful sorceress herself, her powers are feared and eventually leads to her exile on the island of Aiaia, where must live for the rest of eternity. She develops her magic on the island, learning how to push the boundaries of her own strength-- but the life of a goddess is never that simple, and her unfortunate past always seems to be knocking at her door, despite her being exiled for all of time. Thousands of years pass, but Circe's constant visitors ensure that she is never really alone.

Miller's work is beautiful and heart wrenching, with each sentence filled with descriptive and figurative language. I loved Circe's character development throughout the book and how Miller shifts the narrative of Odysseus' story to focus on Circe, a self-possessed and wise female character. I enjoyed reading about Circe's interactions with the other characters, such as her sister Pasiphae and the messenger god Hermes. The ending of the book seemed a little rushed, and there wasn't much time to absorb all of the events that were being thrown at the reading. The book's closing felt very fast-paced, with so many major scenes taking place and so little time to process it. Circe's new-found love, her freedom, and the departure of her loved ones all occurred within the last few chapters of the book. I would have liked it if the events of the book moved slower. Other than that, I loved the book and will definitely read it again. The book was absolutely wonderful and I give it a 5/5 star rating!

Bunny_Watson716 Jan 08, 2021

I could not put this book down. I love the retelling of Circe's story, and the author's skill at bringing an imaginary ancient world to life was incredible. If you are looking for a book to help take your mind off the state of the world, give this book a try. If you love strong descriptive language and vivid characters, and are a fan of Greek mythology -or feel like you have not read enough in that area, you might enjoy this book too.

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Demonette
Dec 11, 2020

This is the tale of a young woman, Circe,daughter of the titan Helios.In this thrilling narrative, you will read about Circe´s adventures as one of three witches in the world of Greek mythology. Scorned for her strange looks, Circe had always been an underdog but a strange occurrence that leads to the creation of a monster allows Circe to discover her true potential. The power that Circe unlocked led to her being banished to an island, Aiaia, for eternity by the god, Zeus. However, on her magical island, Circe thrives in her solitude, honing her powers. Her life never would truly begin, though, not until the first human men came to her shores. When they did, Circe´s journey in finding herself and establishing her identity as an enchantress would be set in motion. Along with the story of Circe, many other famous Greek figures will appear, like Daedalus, Scylla, and Odysseus.

This novel is particularly interesting because although it was written in modern-day, the author illustrates how Greek gods and titans might have interacted with each other, bringing imagination to life.

I would definitely recommend this book because Circe is a character that I personally can relate to, and hopefully future readers can connect with Circe on a deeper level as well. 5 stars!

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beak1950
Nov 06, 2020

carolyn recommends

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ryner
Oct 07, 2020

In classical Greek legend, Circe was an enchantress banished to an isolated island in the Aegean who placed spells on Odysseus' ship's crew, turning them into swine and waylaying them on their journey home following the Trojan War. In this exquisite contemporary retelling, Madeline Miller imagines what Circe's true story might be, in her own words. Miller's writing is compelling and elegant -- I relished Circe's story and didn't want it to end. Highly recommended, as well as her previous book 'The Song of Achilles.'

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t_lynschm77
Sep 29, 2020

I found this to a very enjoyable read, especially if you enjoy mythology or even just fantasy. The Greek myth characters are a little thick in the beginning but you learn as you go and I found it easy to keep them straight. There is a little glossary in the back of the book for reference if you get lost. I loved the evolution of Circe and how she changed even though she was immortal. What a testimony to self-growth and growing courage! There were several sentences that the author delivered that caused me to stop and relish them. It was beautifully written. I think I will now add The Song of Achilles, by the same author, to my list to read.

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hteshomee
Sep 27, 2020

The only thing enjoyable about this book is the adventures and the characters themselves. Otherwise, I felt like the book had no plot. It was just literally ‘adventures’ which were just the usual for gods and the people of that society. It can even be seen as a biography or a coming of age story of Circe. It just wasn’t what I was expecting and was often times confused. I finished the book just to see if there was gonna be something else that popped up to add interest, but unfortunately the pace of the book plateaued around page 100. I wouldn’t recommend this book for a novel. I would recommend if someone was just looking for a short stories type of book with the same main character.

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L_Sanga
Sep 22, 2020

This had a shaky beginning for me. I was up to my eyeballs with Miller's mythology. But once Cerce took centre stage I was along for the ride. 4.3/5

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Angela_159
Sep 21, 2020

I didn’t know what to expect from this one as it is outside of my comfort zone and not something I would ordinarily choose on my own. This is the first pick for the book club I’m running at work and I’m excited to discuss it next week.

I loved reading about the witch Circe, a shunned goddess who doesn’t need anyone or anything except her herbs and her animals on her solitary island.

It was especially thrilling to read the clever ways she outsmarted men who would use brute force and try to take what wasn’t theirs.

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ArapahoeTina Nov 03, 2019

Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.

ArapahoeTina Nov 03, 2019

He showed me his scars, and in return he Let me pretend that I had none.

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ambdizzle
Sep 26, 2019

But most of all my father’s voice, speaking those words like trash he dropped. Such as you. Any other day in all my years of life I would have curled upon myself and wept. But that day his scorn was like a spark falling on dry tinder.

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tamun
Sep 06, 2019

“Witches are not so delicate.”

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tamun
Sep 06, 2019

“You have always been the worst of my children,” he said. “Be sure to not dishonor me.”
“I have a better idea. I will do as I please, and when you count your children, leave me out.”

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tamun
Sep 06, 2019

“Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.”

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tamun
Sep 06, 2019

“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”

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m0mmyl00
Aug 12, 2019

Pg. 273 of the hardcover, “It is youth’s gift not to feel its debts.”
Pg. 311 of the hardcover, “But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.”

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queensthief
Feb 12, 2019

But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2019

WHEN I WAS BORN, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and thousand cousins. Least of the lesser goddesses, our powers were so modest they could scarcely ensure our eternities. We spoke to fish and nurtured flowers, coaxed drops from the clouds or salt from the waves. That word, nymph, paced out the length and breadth of our futures. In our language, it means not just goddess, but bride.
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See her arrange her dress so it drapes just so over her shoulders. I see her dab her fingers, glinting, in the water. I have seen her do a thousand such tricks a thousand times. My father always fell for them. He believed the world’s natural order was to please him.
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Once when I was young I asked what mortals looked like. My father said, “You may say they are shaped like us, but only as the worm is shaped like the whale.” My mother had been simpler: like savage bags of rotten flesh.

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